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California relishes role as liberal trendsetter, Trump foe

Oct. 20, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Democrats who rule California took on homegrown tech giants Uber and Lyft over their workforces, convinced some of the world's biggest automakers to buck the president on fuel emissions and passed a law that could change college sports nationwide. On issues big and small...

Dutch farmers protest efforts to cut emissions, reduce herds

Oct. 16, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Thousands of Dutch farmers, many driving tractors, poured into The Hague on Wednesday to protest government moves to rein in carbon and nitrogen emissions to better fight climate change. It was the second major protest this month by Dutch farmers who say the government is...

Indian capital's air quality plunges despite new measures

Oct. 16, 2019 7:02 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian capital's air quality levels plunged to "poor" on Wednesday, a day after the government initiated stricter measures to fight chronic air pollution. The state-run Central Pollution Control Board's air quality index for New Delhi stood at 299, about six times the recommended...

California power shutdowns raise air pollution worries

Oct. 12, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

Power shutdowns intended to prevent more devastating California wildfires are raising new concerns about another longstanding environmental threat: air pollution. As utilities halted service to more than 2 million people this week, lines formed at hardware stores selling portable generators, while many hospitals...

Alaska Supreme Court hears youth climate change lawsuit

Oct. 10, 2019 12:38 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska law promoting fossil fuel development infringes on the constitutional rights of young residents to a healthy environment, a lawyer told Alaska Supreme Court justices on Wednesday. A lawsuit filed by 16 Alaska youths claimed long-term effects of climate change will...

The Latest: Nobel winner hopes for more breakthroughs

Oct. 9, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Latest on the awarding of the Nobel Prizes (all times local): 5:45 p.m. Nobel chemistry prize winner M. Stanley Whittingham says he hopes the award for work on lithium-ion batteries will "push the field further and faster." The 77-year-old British-American chemistry professor at the...

Boris Johnson's father joins climate protesters in London

Oct. 9, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The father of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has joined climate protesters in London, after his son urged the demonstrators to pack up their "hemp-smelling" tents and leave. Stanley Johnson told Extinction Rebellion demonstrators that they had "exactly the right things in mind" with...

Megacity mayors gather in Denmark to discuss climate change

Oct. 9, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Mayors from the world's "megacities" are in Copenhagen for a three-day conference on ways local strategies to curb greenhouse gas emissions. The C40 World Mayors Summit brought together on Wednesday delegations from large cities that pledged to address climate change and work as...

Trout found in Adirondack lake once soured by acid rain

Oct. 8, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A reproducing population of brook trout has been discovered in a tiny lake in the Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness for the first time since the lake was declared fishless because of acid rain 32 years ago, New York state officials said. Department of Environmental Conservation...

Cyprus-based project to monitor Mideast emissions

Oct. 8, 2019 10:57 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A new research center to monitor greenhouse gas emissions in the east Mediterranean and the Middle East officially launched Tuesday on the island nation of Cyprus as part of efforts to tackle climate change across the vulnerable region. The 30 million-euro ($33 million) project is...